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2016-2017 Catalog Year
GEOG-103: Physical Geography

General Information

  • Name: Physical Geography
  • Discipline: Geography
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: MATH 120, MATH 126 or higher or consent of instructor

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Teaches the physical elements of geography, nature and distribution of climate, land forms, natural vegetation, and soils. Includes at least four lab experiences.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use terminology specific to physical geography topics selected for the course. (GE 1)
  2. Use physical geography concepts and principles to demonstrate a working knowledge of earth processes. (GE 1)
  3. Perform 4 laboratory activities that demonstrate the ability to apply concepts and principles in relation to physical geography. (GE1)

III. Topics

The following is a list of topics that must be covered in Geog 103:

  • Maps and Coordinate System; Seasons; Weather and Climate; Climate Change; Atmospheric processes
  • Additionally, instructors may choose to include other topics relevant to physical geography.

    Scheduled GEOG-103 classes:

    Fall 2016